Van Excellence membership tested at Millbrook Fri Sep 21 11:45:00 BST 2012

Members of the Freight Transport Association's Van Excellence scheme turned out in force celebrating their accreditation at the Fleet News Van Summit 2012.

The growing importance of Van Excellence continues to be recognised within the freight industry, which was proved by so many of its members gathering at the event held at the Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire on 18 September.

Acknowledging the partnership were a wide range of members including the South Central Ambulance Service, Sainsbury's and DHL, among others who joined for a photo call, demonstrating the growing membership and diversity of organisations which have become part of the scheme.

Open to all van operators, the Van Excellence scheme continues to grow, with BT being the newest member to achieve accreditation.

Dave Bowen, BT Fleet Managing Director, said: "We take our Operator’s Licence very seriously and have worked very closely with FTA over the years to ensure we work to best practice. Therefore, we are absolutely delighted to receive the Van Excellence accreditation today on behalf of BT."

Other freight organisations which attended recognised the importance of Van Excellence and all it stands for, as Freddie Watts of Office Depot said: "Van Excellence gives Office Depot the outside reassurance that it is doing the right thing on a day-to-day basis," and London Borough of Redbridge Engineering Manager Eddie Cross added: "Van Excellence provides London Borough of Redbridge with the guidance to operate these vehicles within good practice."

Mark Cartwright, FTA Head of Van & Commercial Vehicles, was clearly delighted by the attendance of so many members: "This is a brilliant day for Van Excellence and it’s fantastic to see so many here to support it," he said.

Cartwright added: "Van Excellence was launched for the industry, by the industry, to promote best practice standards, to offer peace of mind and cost savings, and from speaking with its members here today, it proves that it is doing all of that."

Notes for editors

A list of accredited Van Excellence members, as well as further information, including a registration form and a copy of the code can be found on the website.

Membership of Van Excellence is open to all operators of commercial vehicles of 3.5 te GVW or less.


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